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Kevin Stansbury

Kevin Stansbury, MBA, BS, RN, CEN, VA-BC, is a Registered Nurse with over 25 years’ experience in the medical field including critical care, emergency medicine, and infusion therapy. He is currently living and working in the Central Valley of California. Kevin is a 13-year veteran of the U.S. Army where he served as a combat medic and nurse. He received several military decorations during his tours in Desert Shield and Desert Storm, including an Army Achievement Medal, an Army Commendation Medal, and the Kuwaiti Liberation Medal. Kevin also received his Expert Field Medical Badge while serving two tours in Korea.

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Our continuing nursing education courses are accredited by the California Board of Registered Nurses, the Georgia Board of Nursing, and the Florida Board of Nursing. All states (with the exception of Hawaii) recognize our courses for accredited continuing education contact hours.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP 15467, course provides 6.50 contact hours.

This document must be retained by the licensee for a period of four years after the course concludes.

Course approved by the Florida Board of Nursing, and Georgia Board of Nursing, CE Broker Tracking #20-550426,  for 6.50 contact hours. CE Provider #: 50-13256.
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For a complete list of accreditations for this course, please see the accreditation information box below the author’s bio.  All states (with the exception of Hawaii) recognize our courses for accredited continuing nursing education, CNE, contact hours.

The 2015 AHA ACLS Provider course requires essential knowledge in common ACLS drugs and their pharmacology, interpretation of EKG rhythms, and use of ACLS algorithms. The ACLS course has been updated as of May 2015 and thus we have updated the ACLS Prep Course to reflect these new AHA guidelines.  The ACLS Prep course is designed to provide the fundamentals necessary for the core ACLS certification course. In the Prep course, students will receive detailed instruction on basic cardiac anatomy and electrophysiology, normal sinus rhythm, and baseline EKG parameters. Students will also learn how to use American Heart Association (AHA) algorithms for the adult victim of cardiac arrest or other cardiopulmonary emergencies. This section addresses arrhythmias including sinus bradycardia and tachycardia, supraventricular arrhythmias, ventricular arrhythmias, asystole and pulseless electrical activity (PEA), atrioventricular block, and atrial and ventricular pacing. 

The pharmacology section of the course includes a discussion of priorities for drug administration, and provides an in-depth analysis of mechanisms, indications, contraindications, special considerations, warnings and side effects of the most common ACLS medications. 



Discuss early recognition and management of Acute Coronary Syndrome
Discuss early recognition and management of an Acute Stroke
Demonstrate early recognition and management of Bradycardia Arrhythmias
Demonstrate early recognition and management of Tachycardia Arrhythmias
Demonstrate early recognition and management of Cardiac Arrest
Explain the basic heart anatomy and physiology
Recognize and explain normal EKG measurements
Differentiate between the different types of ACLS arrhythmias
Describe how to use the ACLS algorithms
List basic ACLS drugs, doses and routes of administration used during cardiovascular emergencies
Evaluate the mechanisms of actions (MOA), side effects (S/E), and dosages of the drugs used in ACLS
Describe how to integrate drug pharmacology into ACLS algorithms for each ACLS cardiac dysrhythmia


Chapter 1: Introduction
  • The ACLS course covers:
  • Why is ACLS Important?
Chapter 2 Anatomy of the Heart
  • The Heart
  • Blood Supply of the Heart
Chapter 3:  Conduction System of the Heart
Chapter 4: Anatomy of the EKG
  • Depolarization
  • Repolarization
Chapter 5: EKG Measurement
  • Measuring the Heart Rate
Chapter 6: Lead Placement and Monitoring
Chapter 7: Basic Rhythm Analysis
Chapter 8: Rhythm Interpretation

  • Normal Sinus Rhythm
  • Sinus Bradycardia
  • Sinus Tachycardia
  • Premature Atrial Contraction (PAC)
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT)
  • Premature Ventricular Contraction (PVC)
  • Ventricular Tachycardia
  • Ventricular Fibrillation
  • Aysytole
  • Pulseless Electrical Activity (PEA)
  • First Degree Heart Block
  • Second Degree Heart Block (Type I)
  • Second Degree Heart Block Type II
  • Third Degree Heart Block
Chapter 9:  Pharmacology
  • Intraosseous Administration
  • What is the Mechanism of Action?
  • Alpha (α) Adrenergic Agonists
  • Beta (β) Adrenergic Agonists
  • Dopaminergic Receptor Agonists
Chapter 10: ACLS Medications
  • Adenosine
  • Amiodarone
  • Aspirin
  • Atropine
  • Dopamine
  • Epinephrine
  • Lidocaine
  • Magnesium
  • Morphine
  • Nitroglycerin
  • Oxygen
Chapter 11: ACLS Algorithms
  • Sinus Bradycardia
  • Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT)
  • Ventricular Tachycardia (V-Tach)
  • Ventricular Fibrillation (V-Fib)
  • Asystole
  • Pulseless Electrical Activity (PEA)
  • What are H’s and T’s?
  • 1st Degree Heart Block
  • 2nd Degree Type I (Mobitz I) Wenkebach
  • 2nd Degree Type II
  • 3rd Degree
  • Treatment for Hear Blocks
Chapter 12 References
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